MSI VR PC Backpack Straps To Your Back And Features High-End Desktop Components For VR Content Immersion

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May 31, 2016
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While all eyes could be turning your way, MSI VR PC Backpack is a product that has been designed to bridge the gap between gaming notebooks and desktop computers while providing extreme portability and no compromise in performance.

Despite Its Size, MSI VR PC Backpack Can Accommodate An Unlocked Intel Core i7 Processor And A Desktop Class GPU

Using an MSI ZI70 motherboard, the VR PC Backpack features an Intel 6th generation Core i7 processor with an unlocked multiplier coupled with NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 980. MSI has stated that with this configuration, you will easily be able immerse yourself in VR games for about 60-90 minutes on a single charge (yes this backpack runs completely on battery). Since the power consumption is going to be relatively high given the amount of power that the GPU and processor will consume, MSI has made its unique product upgradable.

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For starters, MSI states that the internal battery is completely upgradable if you want to play the latest VR games for a longer period of time. Additionally, gamers can also conserve power while gaining a boatload of performance by swapping the GTX 980 GPU with a GTX 1080 one. While MSI claims that this is possible, the company has not provided on how we could actually set this up. With just a single HDMI port present on the exterior of the PC, the graphics card will no doubt run into space compatibility issues.

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However, it is highly possible that MSI has provided a workaround with a cable extension or adapter, but the fact still remains that you are going to be limited to the HDMI interface. Along with the HDMI port on the top of the case, you will also find two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports. This meets the minimum requirements for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, but it would have been extremely helpful to have additional USB 3.0 ports for other high-end peripherals.

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MSI has not stated how much its VR PC Backpack is going to cost, nor did the company state its availability. Looks like we are going to find out in the second quarter of this year.

NVIDIA Pascal GP102 GTX Titan X Specifications:

Graphics Card Name NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan (Pascal)
Graphics Core GM204 GM200 GM200 GP104 GP104 GP102
Process Node 28nm 28nm 28nm 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET
Transistors 5.2 Billion 8 Billion 8 Billion 7.2 Billion 7.2 Billion 12.0 Billion
CUDA Cores 2048 CUDA Cores 2816 CUDA Cores 3072 CUDA Cores 1920 CUDA Cores 2560 CUDA Cores 3584 CUDA Cores
Base Clock 1126 MHz 1000 MHz 1000 MHz 1506 MHz 1607 MHz 1417 MHz
Boost Clock 1216 MHz 1075 MHz 1075 MHz 1683 MHz 1733 MHz 1531 MHz
FP32 Compute 5.6 TFLOPs 6.5 TFLOPs 7.0 TFLOPs 6.5 TFLOPs 9.0 TFLOPs 10.1 TFLOPs
VRAM 4 GB GDDR5 6 GB GDDR5 12 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5X 12 GB GDDR5X
Bus Interface 256-bit bus 384-bit bus 384-bit bus 256-bit bus 256-bit bus 384-bit bus
Power Connector 6+6 Pin Power 8+6 Pin Power 8+6 Pin Power Single 8-Pin Power Single 8-Pin Power 8+6 Pin Power
TDP 165W 250W 250W 150W 180W 250W
Display Outputs 3x Display Port
1x HDMI 2.0
1x DVI
3x Display Port
1x HDMI 2.0
1x DVI
3x Display Port
1x HDMI 2.0
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
Launch Date September 2014 May 2015 March 2015 10th June 2016 27th May 2016 August 2016
Launch Price $549 US $649 US $999 US $379 US $599 US $1200 US

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